The Bernard Lee Poker Show (9/22/20): AJ Kelsall

By Bernard Lee
September 23, 2020

AJ Kelsall

In this episode of The Bernard Lee Poker Show on the Cardplayer Lifestyle Podcast Family, Bernard Lee interviews the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship Winner, AJ Kelsall. He outlasted a field of 130 players, earning $275,632 and his first WSOP bracelet. A former golf pro and salesman, Kelsall previously had won three WSOP Circuit rings.

0:00Welcome to The Bernard Lee Poker Show as this week’s guest is 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship Winner, AJ Kelsall.
0:582009 WSOP Main Event runner-up Darvin Moon has passed away at the age of 56 due to complications from a surgery.
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4:22Bernard welcomes 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship Winner, AJ Kelsall.
6:22AJ joins The Bernard Lee Poker Show.
6:54AJ discusses how it was always a goal for him to win a WSOP bracelet (and watch the Philadelphia Eagles win a SuperBowl).
8:25AJ talks about how he got started playing poker, as he initially made a living playing golf and sales.
13:07AJ talks about making a living playing poker over the past two decades, including playing mixed games.
20:03AJ recalls how he has played/qualified for the WSOP Global Casino Championship over the past several years.
23:46AJ discusses his typical schedule during past summer WSOPs, depending on his length of stay in Las Vegas.
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25:56Bernard continues his interview with 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship Winner, AJ Kelsall.
26:54AJ describes his previous online poker experience, prior to Black Friday.
28:15AJ discusses his reaction to the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship being moved to WSOP.com.
29:10AJ explains his name online “RandyLerch.”
30:02AJ talks about how the WSOP Summer Online Summer Series helped him warm-up for the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship.
31:51AJ talks about focusing on the NFL games during the early levels of the 2020 WSOP Global Casino Championship.
33:49AJ recalls friends telling him that he was on Twitch as Daniel Negreanu finished 9th in the event.
37:36AJ discusses huge hand (44 vs AJ) to eliminate the 3rd place finisher, to enter heads-up with a solid chip lead.
39:11AJ talks about the heads-up play, including the hand that almost ended it and then the hand that ultimately won him the bracelet.
47:26AJ talks about how he will pick up his bracelet in Las Vegas and then will have a “Bracelet Reveal party” back at home in Tampa, Florida.

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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by Cardplayer.com, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for ESPN.com, PokerNews, Card […]

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